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this is r.t. tonight foreign leaders under surveillance the latest leaks from the n.s.a. whistleblower reveal how delegates at the g twenty summit in london four years ago a former russian president among them were targeted by u.s. and british intelligence. the bombshell disclosures feared to add no more tension to the g eight summit convening in britain against a backdrop of. protests. but it's syria that's set to take center stage for world leaders at the g. eight in northern ireland looking to narrow the differences have made for years the conflict is set to escalate even.
by for me on to new central moscow time is kevin owen here this hour a very good evening to you thanks for being with us first that british american intelligence spied on world leaders and officials new evidence from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden puts the recent surveillance scandal on a whole new scale that delegates of the g twenty summit in london back in two thousand and nine among them russia's then president to me to preventive partly computers monitored phone calls intercepted the leak documents emerged as the u.k. hosts another major international gathering the g eight summit in northern ireland has probably boy because their first. this really is the worst possible timing for a story like this to come out where just kicking off the thirty ninth g eight summit here in la today now we know what we know from the documents that edward snowden has revealed is that the british security agency was spying on foreign dignitaries at the last g twenty summit that the u.k. also hosted back in two thousand and nine so not setting
a great precedent as host of a summit we had even reports that they set up fake internet cafes in order to intercept the e-mails of the whole delegations of foreign dignitaries and even tapping into the phone calls of the then president of russia dmitry medvedev so not a great atmosphere for the start of the g eight summit i think that some of the world leaders at the summit here today might be a little bit more careful about what they say over the phone all right in the e-mails in the light of this information now we know that david cameron in response to the news has already said that the u.k. just doesn't comment on security issues or masses of intelligence the g c h q story has a somewhat overshadowed what had become the main headline of this summit which is the escalating crisis in syria now we know that russia and the u.s. approach the crisis extremely differently after the british prime minister david
cameron speaking yesterday off the talks with a lot of it between downing street called for bashar al assad to step down he said that britain will continue to provide support to the syrian opposition we know that russian president vladimir putin well he his view is somewhat different he questions what will happen one of these weapons are provided to the syrian opposition it looks like the g. eight leaders just can't get to terms with each other on this but how is the general public's reaction to this been of the gathering. well there has been an unprecedented amount of security at the summit here just driving through from belfast to law last night just going through all the checkpoints there's police standing everywhere and they're guarding obviously the security of all these foreign dignitaries the world leaders that are here but they're also trying to guard against any potential protests there's
a massive fifty million pound ring of steel erected around the resort itself where the summit is taking place and of the protests well there are forty been a number of them we've had a misty international marching through belfast in. calling for the closure of guantanamo bay talking about the hunger strike that's been taking place there the breach of international law the inmates being held without charge for years on end and it's not just sort of human rights cause as we've there's been a lot of anti globalist there have been trade unions taking to the streets talking about economic issues the g. eight summit was that it did come about initially as an as an economic summit and people talking about world hunger and poverty and questioning why world leaders on to addressing these issues for them really that this represents this summit represents the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of
a very small minority washington earlier justified spying techniques security considerations so monitoring internet data from top it was essential in tackling to reason with such explanations are before the recent revelations richard norton taylor who writes on defense and security for the guardian newspaper that published the leaked documents says love the washington to get a competitive edge over the foreign partners are numbered. there are two kinds of information there the british and america that we need setting a call in the latest leaks which the first is under the guise of anti terrorism if you like and getting information about individual communications that's one thing. a separate power thing or the same machine the same computers the same agencies with the n.s.a. in america and the g.c.'s going britain and doing are intercepting and targeting a different kind of information which we know about which we revealed today i differ matic and economic intelligence which rarely have very little to do with
terrorism but it's quite clear from these leaked documents that a lot of the information is to try and get information on one's competitors in international before international meetings for example turkey a nato ally and as i was buying that russia would be south africa is also trying to come with a key commonwealth country for example for reasons of. finding out what their negotiating positions are on economic or diplomatic international talks and that of course is nothing to do terrorism. the revelations of the g. twenty spying come as the scandal caused by snowden's early disclosures of the extent of u.s. surveillance afterwards and foreign citizens is gaining momentum dozens of lawsuits being filed now against the government practices while many lawmakers continue to defend the operation at the same time there's also most that the scope for the surveillance and the help it received from corporations may have been underestimated is a washington correspondent garniture she can. what edward snowden revealed could be just the tip of the iceberg we're learning that in addition to internet giants
thousands of u.s. technology finance and manufacturing companies that include software and hardware producers banks internet security providers satellite telecommunications companies thousands are working closely with u.s. national security agencies according to the people familiar with the exchange the cooperation of some of the company says helped the u.s. government infiltrate computers worldwide so this certainly adds to edward snowden's account note and said he believes that the n.s.a. has carried out more than one thousand hacking operations globalise note and said he was leasing the information to demonstrate quote the posse of the u.s. government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure unlike its adversaries he also said quote we hack network backbones like huge internet routers basically that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands. of people computers without having to hack every single one
in the sources who speak on the condition of anonymity say u.s. companies help intelligence agencies do exactly that and they say it's not subject to any oversight now it's all done of course on the national security but there are some very obvious discrepancies here robert muller director of the f.b.i. for example he said the massive surveillance program that the u.s. has now could have prevented nine eleven then what about the fort hood shooting in two thousand and nine the perpetrator of that one needle molly costs on had been exchanging e-mails with anwar locky for a period of time or time alonso are now if multiple warnings over several years radical content on his you tube but web page. one may ask the question then why this massive collection of information when all of that was missed. it's not just the u.s. government is under fire for the extent of this event and see that many want to wall you so many companies supply would be and it's a good day to come from if looks at what might be for the firms that the story
certainly raises more questions than it answers as my colleague reported earlier we know now that thousands of companies have been sharing sensitive information with the u.s. government in exchange for various benefits now this raises concerns about the extent of the private sector collaboration with the u.s. government not to mention questions about what exactly those benefits were now the details may be murky at this point but let's go over exactly what information we have now companies who did hand over data to the government got a big thank you that's according to michael hayden who used to head the cia as well as the national security agency which runs of course the prism program and mr hayden told bloomberg this if i were the director and had a relationship with a company who was doing things that were not just directed by law but were also valuable to the defense of the republic i would go out of my way to thank them and give them a sense as to why this is necessary and useful all right well what kind of thank
you exactly are we talking about here well again not a lot of details but anonymous sources did tell bloomberg that leaders of the companies who handed over data to the government were showered with attention and information by government agencies in fact in some instances that meant quick warnings about the threats that could affect their bottom line for example serious internet attacks and who's behind them of course this exchange of information is supposed to be voluntary and while at this point we don't exactly have evidence that this is not the case but well most of the companies seem to have participated simply because the government asked them to help one former c.e.o. paints a slightly different picture in two thousand and one when some telecom giants allegedly were asked to participate in an n.s.a. information sharing program one company qwest initially was. used to play ball and according to court documents filed by its then c.e.o. joseph nacho as a result of that decision the company was denied lucrative n.s.a.
contracts he believed to be worth fifty to one hundred million dollars which allegation he says for refusing to partake in the government's spy program so to sum it up companies that share data earned government goodwill information about threats possible classified information and of course there's concern that those who did not play along could could have been left out of lucrative government contracts course we don't have more information on this but that's person i see the point the lack of transparency about this data swap is a major concern now it's done in the name of security but at what cost and to whom this account for the reporting for our team in moscow. ok let's focus but could now on the g. eight among other issues of the sport there's also the issue of tax evasion and the british prime minister david cameron is keen to push forward earlier mcculloch sean thomas not his business present a key pilbeam discuss the details. well the international consortium of
investigative journalists has come out with all these details and exposed people that are using tax havens from thirty countries literally hundreds of thousands of people have been exposed right now and this is all for a timely considering these are the people that exposed politicians rogue nations that religious leaders oligarchs and we know that david cameron is using the g eight to really put tax evasion at the forefront and get international support for his laws that he wants to enforce he needs everybody to jump on the same ship so that everybody else that wants to avoid tax can go to another country and get away with it so taxes are all important because these are tough economic times in the u.k. yeah exactly we know that britain is dealing with stagnate growth at the moment it has been since the financial crisis but there's a bit of criticism going on because britain actually created the tax haven and is actually in charge of ten crown dependences and talk about guernsey jonesy all those countries are live man i live wives and there's
a lot to talk about and he's got to get those countries on board he's held the fact that he has already done that but nothing has been put. in all of this is easier said than done as in all things with politics right this is actually a tough task it is a tough task just because it's so secretive but that secrecy is coming to a light at the moment because of exposé is like this is making mr cameron's job that much easier and i call i expect analysis on this so i said to ben areas he is the editor in chief of business new york magazine and i said to him how realistic is it that we could have a tax tax haven free world. because it means you have to. at least the entire world think about the system is necessary international. any country one tiny little country who chooses not to abide by this kind of was. as i say convenient service. as for people trying to hide money. means that the
whole thing becomes a mockery there's no way of controlling it so you can work towards it you can it will take time and probably it's a good idea but you've got several countries like cyprus is the obvious example but luxembourg still switzerland before they were offering the services as a business it becomes a big part of their economy and it's very difficult for a small country like somebody to tell them they can't do it because they have a lot of it making money so i think that one thing that can be avoided at the g eight summit is the topic of tax evasion. finance issues aside at the g eight meeting the spillover from the syrian conflict looms large a softer rands offered a helping hand at washington's campaign to provide lethal aid to the rebels loss of the belt and pump there we'll tell you more about that then right after this quick break. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something
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again syria's civil war is expected to be where the list of things to talk about is g. eight leaders convene in northern ireland meanwhile the conflict expanding assad troops have made significant advances in recent weeks where the leader of the opposition's free syrian army says it's in urgent need of weapons iran is reportedly now gearing up to send thousands of troops to beef up syrian government forces but it's lebanese hezbollah which has been openly gauged on a sad side the rebels are reportedly being backed by mercenaries from the gulf states and al-qaeda linked jihadists such as the illness or affront was the opposition enjoys widespread diplomatic support in the west and the prospect of lethal aid jim brann of the stop the war coalition told us that any third party involvement will only fuel the conflict he worried there is the fundamental question of sovereignty which those who wish to arm the rebels violate the fact is
that there is a government of syria and there is international law in these matters and it's not the right of any other state to intervene in. a rebellion in another country the opposition coalition in syria is extremely weak it's extremely fractured and it was actually set up outside of syria itself so if they can't even find a suitable party to support in syria because of thing is unreliable how on earth can they guarantee to get the weapons that they supply i think the only serious possibility is if those who are pressing for intervention. to a very definite extent give up that precondition. aside shall not be president of syria i think without that such a fundamental principle i think that. the it's extremely unlikely that the talks go
ahead. we want to rush to support the syrian regime rahm's also proposed a new military from tearing the israeli occupied golan heights to. israelis living in the area ready for the pressure iran just got that much closer amid reports that tehran is sending some four thousand a rainy and revolutionary guard to help the syrian president bashar assad israelis living here in the golan heights are worried because now for the first time at least officially iran is on the border the ring you want war. the iranian warn the finisher. in to do it. like. this is an israeli bunker on the israeli syrian border less than a kilometer from here is connecticut that has been the scene of fierce fighting between assad's forces and rebel fighters with the american decision recently to
arm the rebels one of the groups that will be most directly affected are israelis living here in the golan heights any increase in hostilities in the area will impact on their lives you know to be jewish. choy understand too. you need to fight for your place in the last few minutes i've heard three explosions the united nations chief banking moon is warning of that the ongoing military activities in this area have the potential to escalate tensions between israel and syria and jeopardize the longstanding peace treaty between both countries and this is one of the questions that israelis who are asking if assad was to be overthrown what the forces that were placing be interested in maintaining the cease fire israel is unfortunately seeing. arms and weapons and they're going to be used again
and as as a threat from iran. in this board needs to be friendly so these functors have been here for years but for decades there's been a sense of tranquility and predictability now all of that in situ change with america's decision to arm the rebels kind of in the heart of i mean you know probably it's good for them it's good for america otherwise they wouldn't do it maybe it's for the purpose of helping themselves and it's not about if it's good for israel or not there is fear we are afraid the rockets will hit us and it's already happened this is a site that attracts tourists but many fear it will soon attract soldiers and become active once again policy r.t. on the israeli syrian border. in brief tonight iran's new elected president hassan rouhani said the country isn't ready to suspend its enrichment of uranium despite the sanctions and pressure from the e.u. in america that statement kate during his first news conference where he expressed
a strong wish to rebuild relations with western nations but only one runs friday presidential election with just over fifty percent of the vote. now to turkey there the government's vow to use the military to break the nearly three weeks long protests in the country's capital it will be the first time the islamist ruling party would resort to the army which is seen as the backbone of secularism in turkey you know this one comes amid a strike by unions over the crackdown on anti-government demonstrators there. the rain and floods have ripped through northern parts of india has killed at least twenty three people over fifty more reported missing rescue teams are trying to supply drinking water and food to the region cut off after roads are washed away officials are warning of more casualties and destruction saying the downpours are set to continue for at least the next three days. america's voice skepticism over north korea's proposal to launch high level talks between the two states to try to soothe the tension on the korean peninsula the obama administration says any
negotiations should come with concrete action from north korea and asia specialist dr tim beal thinks that america's reluctant because it won't benefit from peace in the region. the preconditions are there so that the negotiations won't get off the ground and one way or two if you don't want to have negotiations then the simplest way to do that no negotiation soldiers way is to demand preconditions of the other side of the except for that i think that's what the american doing. then the question of course is why are they doing that why don't. you know that that's the difficult one i think it's a six in the number of reasons but the main reason is is china wants tension on the korean peninsula as part of the containment of china so they're very loath to information go show sions which was defused the situation.
check it out some the picket in store. the paris air show revealed. the story of russia's next generation fighter jets already labeled a u.f.o. for its performance at doherty dot com find out more about that trigger happy in the u.s. we're reporting record sales during a year of deadly shootings as americans react to the president's push for stricter weapon control. today. these are the images. from the streets of canada. germany has become a magnet for many immigrants and recently is seeking work outside the financially
struggling homelands now a report by the paris based organization for economic cooperation and development shows the number of newcomers from greece and from spain the loads more than doubled since the beginning of the crisis in two thousand and eight results is peter overexplain successful germans are looking for a quick exit. packing up for a new life elsewhere yes and his family a joining a growing number of germans seeking a future away from home is here germany is a nice place but right now the future looks very dark so we're getting out and that's why his software business and plan tire company off the sale and he setting up a new business in canada away from what they see is shortsighted policies by german and european politicians. all they're doing is taking the debt higher and higher and by breaking their own rules it's something the family has been planning for a long time after one and a half years their paperwork is now in the final stages as well as his family yes
is also moving almost two million euros worth of business to canada people of always move to new countries in search of opportunities but last year saw over one hundred thirty thousand jet off from germany the most in a generation an increasing number of making the move to to concerns over where the country's economic. among the most popular destinations were switzerland the united states australia and canada away from the e.u. and the bureaucracy of brussels he clobbered does the feeling. we are going to see intrapreneur as leave europe it's one hundred times easier to shut down a business here than create one i still use it to block you for the last year on this side of the job creators. dr roth is a lawyer in bavaria heading to new zealand he sees the current system in europe is almost comical the team get bored look at the ten commandments there are probably
around five hundred no words here then i think the relations on something small like production can i mean. it's over ten thousand words most of the nonsense this will leave you are a bit like a banana republic with so many laurels no one can follow them. with dissatisfaction in the e.u. on the rise germany runs the risk of seeing more and more of its job creators taking off to find new opportunities elsewhere peter all of a party. coming away very soon we set foot in some of the world's coldest races to find out just how people they get by day to day it's a challenge their story after the break. sigrid laboratory to mccurry was able to build the most sophisticated robot which
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